Oklahoma City, OK
I grew up in and attended Maranatha Church until the age of16. My mother taught in the "prep school" (their term for children's religious instruction). This church is a perfect example of religion gone bad. I was personally involved in the pedophilia scandal. A friend of mine confided in me that his uncle was molesting him and other family members. I told my parents, and they met with the parents of the molested, the deacons, and the pastor (Jack M. Ballinger). The group was instructed that the church would handle the matter. The pedophile was allowed to continue attending the church and law enforcement was not involved (a police officer was a deacon at that time). This is not a post to defame Maranatha, but an attempt to affirm the posts serving as warnings to anyone considering this church. There have been a litany of scandals involving this church, but adultery among church staff pales in comparison to allowing a child molester to continue his evil. One of the victims of this crime eventually committed suicide as a result of the cover-up and continued exposure to the pedophiles acts. This church preaches separation from all (including other Christians) that do not hold the EXACT understanding of Maranatha's doctrines (see link to Maranatha's website for doctrines-doctrine of separation detailed here http://www.versebyverse.org/doctrine/separation.html) . I posted this after seeing a blog that was written by one of the pedophiles victims, and was reminded of the lifelong damage that this church has visited on the children of its past and present members. Link to blog can be found here ( http://personalinjustice.blogspot.com/ ).